The Local Organising Committee for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong today released details of the Wollongong 2022 Legacy Program that will ensure the event leaves a lasting impact in the Illawarra.
The Legacy Program features a number of initiatives that promote cycling and cycling safety across the region, including a three-year $300,000 Legacy Partnership Program for local community groups and businesses, a school’s bicycle education training program for 10,000 primary school students as well as strategies to see Wollongong named a UCI Bike City following the event.
Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the NSW Government was committed to ensuring a lasting legacy from the 2022 UCI Road World Championships.
“The UCI Road World Championships is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the world and has been secured as one of the NSW Government’s ‘10 World Cups in 10 Years’,” Mr Lee said.
“More than one thousand cyclists from 50 countries will converge on Wollongong in 2022, providing Illawarra residents with a once in a life-time opportunity to witness the world’s best cyclists in action.
“The NSW Government and Local Organising Committee are pleased to release details of the Legacy Program which will ensure the benefits of hosting this world-class event are felt well after the final race.”
Chair of the Wollongong 2022 Organising Committee, Dean Dalla Valle said they were extremely excited about the Legacy Program.
“For the first time in Australia a cycling event has developed a program that will have a long term impact on improving cycling participation,” Mr Dalla Valle said
“We are excited to work with current and new partners to expand the impact of the event legacy beyond the eight days of competition.”
Wollongong City Lord Mayor, Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said to be the 2022 UCI Road World Championships host city was a great opportunity.
“Recently, I was in Harrogate UK to see first-hand the excitement and impetus this event generates and I welcome the news of the Legacy Program.” Cr Bradbery said.
“In our city, cycling is a genuine alternative transport choice as well as a popular recreational or sporting pursuit.
“The timing is actually perfect because we’re currently updating our Cycling Strategy and this, along with the Legacy Program, will work together to make Wollongong a bike-friendly city now and into the future.’’
The Legacy Partnership Program will commence next year and will provide community groups and businesses with the opportunity to apply for $300,00 in grants to partner with Wollongong 2022 to deliver innovative programs and projects that promote cycling throughout the community. Full details on the application process will be available in early 2020.
UCI ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS KEY FACTS
Number of competition days: 8
Number of athletes: 1,000
Officials & guests: 5,000
Media accreditations 700
TV Viewers: 250 Million +